Pelosi wrote that the vice president, Mike Pence, will be asked to “activate the 25th amendment [of the Constitution] to declare the President unable to perform the duties of his office”
House of Representatives President Nancy Pelosi has announced that legislation will be put forward for a new impeachment process against outgoing President Donald Trump.
In a letter to Democrats in that US Congressional chamber, Pelosi wrote that Vice President Mike Pence will be asked to “activate the 25th amendment [of the Constitution] to declare the President unable to perform the duties of his office”.
If this does not happen, then “removal legislation” will be discussed.
“In protecting our Constitution and our Democracy, we will act urgently, because this President poses an imminent threat to both. As the days go by, the horror of the ongoing assault on our democracy by this President is intensified and it is also the immediate need for action “, it can be read in the document.
According to the Associated Press, leaders in the House of Representatives will work on Monday to pass legislation that would force Pence to remove Trump from office and assume the presidency during the remaining days of his term, although Republicans are almost certain to be in office. will block this attempt. If this rejection is confirmed, the House of Representatives will meet on Tuesday for a vote in plenary.
Since Wednesday, when the Capitol was attacked and invaded by hundreds of Trump supporters and five people, including a Capitol police officer, they have died, with several voices claiming that the outgoing President should step down immediately, without the wait for Joe Biden to take over.
Other Republican elected officials, like Senators Josh Hawley, from Missouri, and Ted Cruz, from Texas, have also faced multiple criticisms and calls for them to step down for supporting, without proof, the challenge to Biden’s election.
Republican senators Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska on Sunday called on Trump to “get out of here as soon as possible.” Other Republican senators were less insistent in face of the still President but admitted to thinking of voting in favor of the removal.
Pelosi had already said on Saturday that it is “absolutely essential that those who committed the attack on democracy be held accountable”.
For his part, the still leader of the Republican majority in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, said that an impeachment process in that Congressional chamber could not start before the day of the inauguration, on January 20.
In early 2020, Democrats sued Trump for pressures he exerted on the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, to investigate Joe Biden with the aim of hampering his presidential aspirations.
The political process against Trump failed in the Senate, where Republicans had a majority until Wednesday following the victory of the two Democratic candidates in the Senate election in Georgia.
Pelosi, as well as the leader of the Democratic minority in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, had already announced on Thursday that they would ask the Vice President, Mike Pence, to invoke the 25th amendment of the Constitution, which allows the President to be removed from power by inability to exercise functions.
If Trump is removed from office for dismissal, he will be barred from running for the White House again.
If he is the subject of a dismissal trial, he will be the only President of the United States, to date, to have been the subject of two such cases.
Republican Donald Trump lost the November 3 presidential election to his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, who is due to take office as the 46th US President on January 20.